Good morning, my lord. There’s nothing good about it. What darkens my lord’s morning? Nothing, Ibn Muslim. Nothing. Nothing, except that I’m the Crown Prince and no one cares about me, besides you, the servants, and the maids. Nothing… besides the fact that the sons of Hisham, who have nothing to do with the matters of ruling, are very close to me. Maslamah bin Hisham is the Emir of Hajj, and Mu’awiyah bin Hisham is the Emir of the armies during the war. While I, the Crown Prince, – sit here. – I have an idea, sire, I’d like to tell you about. – What? – You are powerless against Hisham unless one man supports you. Don’t say my uncle Maslamah. I went to him and he promised he’d try. No, no, sire. I mean another man. A man who does not disobey God, and the Caliph listens to him because he respects him so much. This is because no one is more well-spoken than him No one is more informed about what scholars say
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It’s been said that, without this man, Sunnah would be long gone from Al-Madinah. A man with the knowledge of Ibn Musayyab, Urwah, and Ubayd Allah bin Abdullah. Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri. Go to him, sire. Tell him what happened and what Hisham has done. Tell him of the pledge of loyalty Hisham is trying to foil after pledges and covenants were made. Unbelievable! Knowledge gathers in one place and time. Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri, Ata bin Abi Rabah, Khaled bin Safwan, and Salim bin Abdullah. O Emir of the Believers, I come to you with an urgent request, so, may I have permission to speak? The likes of you grant permission, not request it, Abu Mohammad. The people of the Two Holy Cities, God’s people and the neighbors of his prophet, peace be upon him, Peace be upon him.
Grant them their gifts and money for a year to come. Sa’eed, write that we have ordered that the people of the Two Holy Cities will receive their money for a year. – Is there something else? – Yes, Emir. The people of Hijaz and Najd are the origins of Arabs and the leaders of Islam. They must receive the excess of their alms. Sa’eed, write that the excess of their alms will be returned. Is there something else, Abu Mohammad? The people securing our outposts fight beyond your borders and battle against your enemies. You have assigned them funds, but if they die, you will be conquered. Pay them their dues. Write it down, write, Sa’eed. Is there something else, Abu Mohammad? God Bless you, Emir of the Believers. Take these letters to the Umma’s scholars I mentioned previously. Go to them quickly. This is a letter from Abu Hanifah al-Nu’man and this is the money pouch. May God be with you. We no longer see you much, Abu Bakr.